ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 25: Phil Hughes #65 of the New York Yankees reacts as he leaves the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 25, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Yankees At Rangers: New York Closes Out 3-Game Series In Texas With 7-3 Loss

Phil Hughes lasted just 2.2 innings after giving up five hits and four earned runs in the loss.

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Michael Pineda Has Torn Labrum, Out For Year, Yankees Announce

We may now know why Michael Pineda's velocity was down in spring training. The New York Yankees announced Wednesday that Pineda has a torn labrum. He will have surgery on Tuesday and is out for the year.

The 23-year-old Pineda had been placed on the DL at the end of March with shoulder tendinitis. His velocity was down in Spring Training, but said his health was fine until toward the end of camp. He normally throws as high as 97 mph, but was barely cracking the 90s in camp.

The Yankees have relied on 37-year-old Hiroki Kuroda and 35-year-old Freddy Garcia in the rotation since with Pineda's absence, and the two will be even more important now as Pineda is done for the year, unless the Yankees try to make a move.

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Yankees Vs. Rangers Final Score: Derek Jeter Extends Streak, But New York Loses 2-0

The New York Yankees were able to stymie the Texas Rangers' potent lineup for the second night in a row Tuesday. Unfortunately, they couldn't kick start their own offense, as Yu Darvish dominated from the mound to give the Rangers a 2-0 win in the second game of the three-game series in Texas.

Darvish, the star Japanese pitcher the Rangers were able to sign during the offseason, was excellent in his fourth career start, giving up just seven hits in 8.1 scoreless innings. He picked up 10 strikeouts to two walks in the outing, earning a standing ovation from the Rangers' faithful as he was relieved by Joe Nathan after putting Nick Swisher on base in the ninth inning.

Derek Jeter went 2-for-4 from the plate to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. Jeter reached on an infield single in the third inning that loaded the bases with no outs. Curtis Granderson struck out looking on the next at-bat, however, then Alex Rodriguez grounded into a double play from third to first to end the Yankees' best scoring opportunity of the game.

Hiroki Kuroda started for the Yankees, giving up five hits and both of the team's earned runs in 6.2 innings of work. Ian Kinsler put the Rangers up 1-0 in the first with a solo-shot home run. Josh Hamilton capped the scoring with a single to right field to score Elvis Andrus in the third inning.


Final - 4.24.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Texas Rangers 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 2 5 0
WP: Yu Darvish (3 - 0)
SV: Joe Nathan (5)
LP: Hiroki Kuroda (1 - 3)

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Michael Pineda Injury Update: Yankees Receive 'Disappointing' News On Young Hurler

As time passes and more news begins to trickle out about the shoulder of New York Yankees young hurler Michael Pineda, the more it seems he will not be making his Yankee debut anytime soon. The latest setback seems to have come Tuesday, when Pineda was sent for a second opinion, which according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, was requested by Pineda's agent.

Pineda did have a dye contrast MRI today at the direction of Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, and the team is not ready to reveal those results. Presumably, Ahmad and Altchek will confer before an official announcement is made.

Yankee manager Joe Giaradi said the latest news was "disappointing" and he will move on like Pineda will not be available in the near future.

For now, New York is relying on Hirkoki Kuroda, who starts Tuesday night, to fill the void, and will need a struggling Freddie Garcia to turn things around quickly, as Andy Pettitte slowly gets ready for his return in the minor leagues.

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Yankees (10-6) At Rangers (13-4): Japanese Stars Hiroki Kuroda, Yu Darvish Face Off

The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers will square off Tuesday for Game 2 of a three-game set at in Arlington, TX, however, this match-up will have a bit more intrigue than other regular-season contests. That's because the Yankees will be throwing newly acquired Japanese pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who will oppose Japanese phenom Yu Darvish.

Kuroda will be making his fourth start with the Yankees (10-6), who earned their fourth straight victory on Monday in a 7-4 victory in Game 1. Kuroda has had mixed results in his three starts, as he's compiled a 1-2 record with a 5.00 ERA.

Meanwhile, Darvish (2-0, 3.57 ERA) hasn't been Cy Young-esque, however, did help the Rangers down the Detroit Tigers 10-3 in his last start, which featured two hits, five walks and and five strike outs.

To catch the Japanese showdown, here's the basic viewing information:

Location: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

Game Time: 8:05 p.m. ET

TV Information: YES Network or MLB Network

Radio: 1050 ESPN

Series: Yankees won Game 1 of the three-game set 7-4 on Monday.

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